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Vuelta a España 2009

Date range:
August 29 - September 20, 2009
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      4.5km
      Start location:
      Assen
      End location:
      Assen
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      202km
      Start location:
      Assen
      End location:
      Emmen
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      189.7km
      Start location:
      Zutphen
      End location:
      Venlo
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Venlo
      End location:
      Lieja
    • Rest day

      Location
      Tarragona
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Tarragona
      End location:
      Vinaros
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Xativa
      End location:
      Xativa
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      30km
      Start location:
      Valencia
      End location:
      Valencia
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      206km
      Start location:
      Alzira
      End location:
      Alto de Aitana
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      186km
      Start location:
      Alcoy
      End location:
      Xorret de Cati
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      162km
      Start location:
      Alicante
      End location:
      Murcia
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      200km
      Start location:
      Murcia
      End location:
      Caravaca de la Cruz
    • Rest Day

      Location
      Almeria
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Almeria
      End location:
      Alto de Velefique
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      175km
      Start location:
      Berja
      End location:
      Alto de Sierra Nevada
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      Granada
      End location:
      La Pandera
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      167.7km
      Start location:
      Jaén
      End location:
      Córdoba
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Córdoba
      End location:
      Puertollano
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      193.6km
      Start location:
      Ciudad Real
      End location:
      Talavera de la Reina
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Talavera de la Reina
      End location:
      Avila
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Avila
      End location:
      La Granja. Real Fábrica de Cristales
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      26km
      Start location:
      Toledo
      End location:
      Toledo
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      110.2km
      Start location:
      Rivas
      End location:
      Madrid
  • Race history

September 15, Stage 16: Córdoba - Puertollano 170km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 13, 2009, 18:15 BST,
Updated:
August 27, 2009, 23:09 BST

Puertollano or bust: Can the breakaways out-fox the sprinters?

Proycling's Analysis: A transition day between the mountains in the south and race’s final climbs. Two third-cat climbs early on – the Villares and Chimorra – will give riders out of contention the chance to get clear.

Culture Vulture: Puertollano is known in Spain as ‘the town of two lies’. It’s neither a port (puerto), nor flat (llano). Puerto can also mean ‘pass’, giving a better clue to the nature of the area. In the past, Puertollano was a mining centre but it’s now known for producing solar panels.

Local hero: This is a remote part of Spain where people, let alone top-class cyclists, are thin on the ground. Former Liberty Seguros and Astana rider José Antonio Redondo is the biggest Local name.

Vuelta Retro: Colombian Leonardo Duque won the last time the Vuelta raced into Puertollano, which was only two years ago.

Neil Stephens says: Looking at it from the point of view of someone who works with a national team, this is the sort of block where everyone has a big hit out and then heads home. As a result you're going to see some bloody good racing at this point. It's going to be a breakaway-type day and the sprinter with the strongest team is going to make a difference. If heaps of the guys have gone home then you've got to start to think, 'Well how strong are the sprinters...?' then work it out from there. 

2009 Vuelta a España stage 16 map

2009 Vuelta a España profile stage 16